Day in history for January 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It will be noticed that the Rock Island rail road will probably be opened to Ottawa by the 1st of Feb. and to Peru by the 1st of March.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Works has been running night and day and even then has found it almost impossible to keep up with the orders.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Announcement has been made that essential frontage has been secured for completion of a new loop electric line to the bluff. This extension of the Tri-City Railway System will be known as the Long View Park Loop.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The grand jury, after three-and-a-half hours deliberation, has acquitted Edward Reed of Rock Island of manslaughter charges in the death of Michael McCoy in an auto accident near Taylor Ridge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cpl. Arlo Nash, son of F.B. Nash of Galva, earned top honors in the first class to graduate from the NCO school in Korea. This school, formed Dec. 19, was designed to teach potential leaders the tricks of combat and leadership.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A area wide strike by retail meatcutters was avoided this past weekend when negotiators for six Quad-City food chains and union representatives agreed upon a contract extension. The meatcutters three year contracts with Eagle, Jewel, Randall, A And P, Geifman and Kroeger, expired Saturday.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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